Main opposition left-wing SYRIZA submitted a censure motion against the conservative government of Kyriakos Mitsotakis over its mishandling of the snowstorm that swept through central and south Greece since Monday. The motion was submitted short before Thursday noon during a debated over a new development law.
“The snowstorm buried the last illusions that Mr. Mitsotakis has the ability to learn from his mistakes and delays and the dramatic results of his ideologies,” Tsipras said in Parliament.
“On behalf of SYRIZA – Progressive Alliance’s parliamentary group I submit a motion of censure against the worst government the country has known since the fall of the dictatorship. There are no dead ends in a democracy,” he added.
Tsipras said the government failed in every emergency of the past few years, such as the wildfires that devastated parts of Attica and Evia last summer, the pandemic and the snowstorms – both this week’s and last winter’s. He added also the uncontrolled price hikes in basic needs products and energy prices.
Tsipras submitted the censure motion just a day after he called on the Prime Minister to call early elections over his failure to deal with the snowstorm that left thousands stranded for hours on main roads of Athens and over 200,000 households without electricity and heating amid temperatures close to 0 degrees Celsius.
According to the Palriament procedures, the debate on the censure motion will start at 6 p.m. on Friday and will continue until Sunday evening, when the voting will take place.
Worth noting that there cannot be another censure motion before six months have passed.
151 votes are needed to the censure motion to bring down the government.
With the government to hold the overwhelming majority of 157 in a Parliament of 300 seats, SYRIZA has hardly chances to bring the government to collpase and is will aware of this. However, it could unite the opposition parties, a total of 143 seats, to adopt a common stance and force also its antagonist KINAL/PASOK to take a clear position.